ROME, ITALY - 26 FEBRUARY 2020: Piera Aiello (52), member of the lower house of the Italian parliament and police informant known for her stand against the Mafia, wears a necklace with a Trinacria, the three-legged symbol of Sicily, during a portrait session in an office in Rome, Italy, on February 26th 2020.
Born in a small town in Sicily, she was forced to marry the son of a local Mafia boss at the age of 18, and soon watched her husband be killed in front of her eyes. She then became a key figure in the fight against the Mafia, spending nearly three decades in hiding under a witness protection program, and helping the police track down dozens of mafiosi. In 2018, without ever having shown her face on television or in the media for fear of mafia retribution, she was elected to parliament.
In 2019 she was named as one of the BBC's 100 Women.
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